Ellen Desmet


Ellen Desmet is an assistant professor of migration law at Ghent University. She teaches migration law, coordinates the migration law component of the Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic, and co-lectures legal anthropology. Her research program analyses how migration law functions in a globalised world and interacts with changing realities of – among others – refugee flows, increasing inequalities and an ageing population in Europe.

Until September 2016, Ellen was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University (50%) and the Law and Development Research Group of the University of Antwerp (50%). She was the Project Manager of the Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP) “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (UGent) and the methodological advisor of the Localising Human Rights research program (UAntwerpen).

Ellen Desmet complemented her law studies (KU Leuven) with a master in Cultures and Development Studies (KU Leuven) and a master in Development Cooperation (Ghent University). She holds a PhD in Law from the KU Leuven. She previously worked as a senior research and policy advice officer at the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi), and was a substitute lecturer in anthropology of law at KU Leuven.

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